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82 Country Equalisation Scheme The purpose of this clause 82 is
17 April 2003 Level 8 50 Pirie Street Adelaide South Australia 5000 GPO Box 2605 Adelaide South Australia 5001 Telephone (08) 8463 4444 Facsimile (08) 8463 4449 Freecall 1800 633 592 ESCOSA OPEN LETTER www.escosa.sa.gov.au firstname.lastname@example.org NEW COUNTRY EQUALISATION SCHEME On 17 April 2003, the Government introduced a new Country Equalisation Scheme (CES) aimed at limiting the extent that retail electricity prices can vary for small customers across South Australia. Small customers are those with electricity consumption less than 160 Megawatt-hours (MWh) per year, which equates to a retail bill of approximately $20,000. The new CES, which replaced the previous CES set out in the Electricity Pricing Order (EPO), is as follows: 8.2 Country Equalisation Scheme (a) The purpose of this clause 8.2 is to require that a Retailer not charge a small country customer for prescribed retail services more than 101.7% of the price for the same prescribed retail services offered by the Retailer to a small city customer. (b) A Retailer must not sell electricity to small country customers unless the Retailer ensures that each tariff for prescribed retail services offered to small city customers is also offered to small country customers without addition or variation, except that the price (including any discount, allowance, rebate or credit) specified in any tariff component charged to a small country customer may exceed the price specified in the same tariff component charged to a small city customer by not more than 1.7%. The new CES requires retailers to offer the same price structure to small country customers for prescribed retail services as those available to their city counterparts. Each component of a retailer’s price to small country customers cannot exceed that charged to small city customers by more than 1.7%. The new CES has the same intent as the old CES, but fixes difficulties in the practical application of the old scheme. All retail licenses issued by ESCOSA require retailers to comply with the CES. Revocation of final decision The CES previously set out in the EPO required ESCOSA to set the maximum amount, expressed in $/MWh, that retailers could charge small country customers. Pursuant with this requirement, ESCOSA released its final decision in November 2002 (available at: www.escosa.sa.gov.au). ESCOSA now revokes that final decision.
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